What will we leave behind?
The Petroglyph National Monument is not very far from where we were so Thursday we headed there to hike and checkout the petroglyphs. We have been to several locations with petroglyphs and they are always fascinating. This park has several areas with many petroglyphs and the hikes are relatively easy. Also we have a National Parks Pass and we are looking for things to do that have little or no cost. Just paid taxes, so need to refresh the coffers.
There is some debate about what the petroglyphs mean: were they art work, communication, religious? John’s theory is that the petroglyphs were drawn by ancient teenagers engaging in a form of graffiti. He based this on the fact that several of the men and animals drawn had a penis, sometimes a very large penis and as we know teenage boys love to draw a penis (or breasts) on just about anything, giggling all the while. If you are the parent of boys you should know this. In middle school I found Gabe and his buddies while frosting Christmas cookies putting boobs on the angels. They thought it was pretty funny. Now I know that this is not the current theory but who knows.
It did make me think about what will people thousands of years from now find from us that they will wonder about? Will it be CDs, DVDs, our cell phones?? I’m sure they will be as curious about us as we are about the people who drew the petroglyphs. What do you think will survive us?
Tomorrow we take off towards Amarillo, Texas for a few days. Our journey back to Iowa continues.